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Officer recovering after being run over by a car: suspect jailed


A Mexico, Mo. man is behind bars after he is accused of driving while intoxicated and running over a Mexico Public Safety Officer.

Police say, 30-year-old DeMarko T. Walls was passed out in his 2014 Ford Fusion in the Casey's General Store parking lot while it was running and in drive on West Monroe St. early Saturday morning.

According to court documents, when an officer arrived they tried to put Walls's car in park and that's when Mexico Joint Communications received 9-1-1 calls about an officer being hit by a car and down.

Another officer arrived on the scene after trying to reach the officer by radio and wasn't getting a response. The officer then called for additional fire rescue crews to help free the officer that was pinned under the front of Walls Ford Fusion with her legs against a front tire.

Court documents say, Walls told police he was backing the car into a parking spot and didn't know the officer was hit and that it was her fault.

While on the scene, police say Walls smelled like alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy.

Walls was arrested and taken to the Mexico Public Safety Department, where he refused to be questioned but told police he only had two drinks.

Officials say he did agree to a breath test that showed his blood alcohol content at 0.103%.

The officer that was run over was taken to a local hospital with a possible broken knee and other injuries and MPSD says, the officer was released later that day and is at home recovering.

Walls is facing three felonies including, D-W-I and resisting arrest.

He is currently in the Audrain County Jail and has a court hearing set for Tuesday at 11 a.m.

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Erika McGuire


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